A Canadian Guide to the 2022 Cannes Film Festival

After cancellations in 2020 and significant reductions in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Cannes Film Festival rolled out the red carpet this week for an in-person festival.

Added to the long-awaited programming is a myriad of Canadian content presented from May 17 to 28 at the Cannes Film Festival and the Marché du Film, the event and the industry market that take place at the same time.

From futuristic dramas to interactive animations, here’s a rundown of Canadian films to watch this year at both.

Cronenberg returns

After an eight-year hiatus, David Cronenberg (Maps to the stars, Eastern promises) returns to Cannes with Crimes of the future.

The trailer, which dropped in April, has further sparked interest in the already highly anticipated film, which is in competition for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize.

The dystopian drama/horror follows humanity as it adapts to a synthetic environment where people push beyond the natural state of their bodies. It bears the same title as a film directed by Cronenberg in 1970 but is not a remake.

This will be the Toronto director’s sixth film in competition at Cannes. It features an all-star cast, including recurring Cronenberg collaborator Viggo Mortensen (Eastern promises, A history of violence) alongside Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart and Scott Speedman.

Robert Lantos (Barney’s Version, Being Julia) produced it through its Serendipity Point Films and Argonauts Productions SA, in association with Telefilm Canada, Ingenious Media and Davis Films. It marks the fourth collaboration between Cronenberg and Lantos. The festival screening will be the film’s world premiere before its theatrical release on June 3.

The Virgin brings Brother

For the first time, Canada’s Black Screen Office (BSO) and Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) will be in Cannes. Both work to support people in their respective communities in the screen industries.

Six filmmakers will be present with the BSO, including Nyla Innuksuk (Slash/back) and producer Tamar Bird (black bodies).

Filmmaker and BSO founder Damon D’Oliveira will also be at the Marché du Film, which this year will present 34 Canadian films, including that of Clement Virgo. Brother.

From left, Damon D’Oliveira and Clement Virgo attend the Critics’ Choice Television Awards in May 2015. D’Oliveira, one of the founders of the Black Screen Office, is co-producer of Virgo’s feature film Brother. (Getty Images)

Brother follows two boys’ journey to manhood amid the hip-hop scene of 1990s Toronto. Virgin (poor boy game, Sleep with me) wrote, directed and co-produced alongside D’Oliveira, Aeschylus Poulos and Sonya Di Rienzo.

Among the documentaries, Michael Toledano, Jennifer Wickham and Brenda Michell bring Yintah, which follows the story of Wet’suwet’en women and their families battling fossil fuel corporations.

Also, director Ziad Touma The passengers explores an emerging film genre – virtual reality mixed with animation. Viewers influence the story through their eyes, voice and gestures as they are immersed in the mind of a train passenger. The film received several nominations and awards including Best Immersive Experience in Fiction at the 2021 Canadian Screens Awards.

In addition, the French-Canadian artist and actress Charlotte Le Bon has already made her debut as a director with Falcon Lake — said to be a hybrid story of love and ghosts – which premiered in the festival’s non-competitive Directors’ Fortnight on Wednesday.

Telefilm Canada’s short film showcase, Not Short of Talent, also returns this year, alongside Cannes.

This year’s showcase will feature Undercoat. Written and produced by Anna Hopkins for Same Page Productions and GTE Productions, the short film pays tribute to her father, the late painter Tom Hopkins.

Crew members set up the red carpet at the Palais des Festivals ahead of the opening of the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday. (Daniel Cole/Associated Press)

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